Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Wellington Wraps Up Kiwi Tri Series

Wellington Wraps Up Kiwi Tri Series


The final round of the .kiwi Tri Series took place in Wellington today, with the highlight being national championship events for Elite U19 triathletes and Paratriathletes.

The U19 races took pride of place with the best young triathletes from around the country assembling at Waitangi Park for the sprint distance nationals on a course that took them on a 750m swim in front of Te Papa, a 3 lap 20km bike ride and a 2 lap run along Oriental Parade.

The U19 men’s race turned into a two way battle between Tayler Reid (Gisborne) and Fynn Thompson (Queenstown) as they distanced themselves from a lead group of 6 once on to the run. The pair ran side by side until Reid made his move in Waitangi Park, with less than 400m to go.

“That was a great race and Fynn made it so hard, he kept surging on the run but I managed to stay with him knowing I had a good sprint for the finish. I made my move once we were in Waitangi Park and managed to hold on.

“Conditions were pretty tough, the wind was very different all round the course, sometimes into our faces and other times behind or across us, you had to concentrate the whole time. A national title is great and continues what has been a good summer for me, next up is the National Schools in my home town of Gisborne so I will get ready for that now and hope to defend my title there.”

Jay Wallwork (Auckland) was third with the top five rounded out by Kyle Smith (Taupo) and Dan Hoy (Auckland) with less than a minute separating first to fifth.

In the U19 women’s race it looked to be a three way battle on the bike with Nicole van der Kaaay (Taupo), Jaimee Leader (Palmerston North) and Elise Salt (Auckland) moving away from the chasers, but van der Kaay suffered a puncture and withdrew, leaving Salt and Leader to battle it out into transition.

Once on the run it was Salt who proved strongest, holding off a fast finishing Josie Clow who ran through a number of athletes to claim second, ahead of Leader in third.

“It is the best I have felt in a long time in all three disciplines so I am happy to take the win today,” said Salt. “When Nicole punctured we were working well together so Jaimee and I knew we had to work hard to stay away so kept working together which was great.

“It has been tough with my running lately, I am just coming back from a foot injury so I felt realy good on that run so can definitely take some things from this and look forward to the future. The swim was quite choppy and the bike was windy at times but also made for a tough race and I like tough races so that was good.”

Five athletes lined up in the National Paratri Champisonships over the sprint distance, with Paralympic swimming star Mary Fisher (Wellington), David Piper (Porirua), Peter (Jack) McSweeney (Tauranga), Russell Watts (Taupo) and Nick Ruane (Wellington) all proving masters of the course and the conditions in a category that continues to grow in numbers each year.

In other racing on the day, Dylan McNeice (Christchurch) took out the men’s .kiwi Trophy Race (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run) and Leah Stanley (Cambridge) won the women’s race.

Elsewhere on the day there was racing for the children in the kids 1:2:1, beginners in the 3:9:3 and team racing that included two-time Olympic Games medallist Bevan Docherty. Docherty took time out to race with the CEO of Triathlon New Zealand Craig Waugh and .kiwi’s CFO Angus Richardson in a team event.

“I really enjoyed that, it is great just being here on a day like this and seeing the kids racing and everyone having a great time,” said Docherty. “This is where it all started for me of course so it is nice to be able to put a little back before I head back home to the States.

Also taking part in his first standard distance triathlon was broadcaster and former Black Cap Mark Richardson. The television and radio host enjoyed his day, albeit not the wind.

“That was great although I could have done without the wind out there on the course! I struggled in the swim, that is my weakest area and the slight chop on the water made it tough but I enjoyed it and was grateful for the wonderful support from other competitors and spectators around the course, it was a lot of fun. Now I can continue my build up for the big one, the national age group champs at the Auckland ITU race weekend in a month’s time.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Super Rugby: Parade To Celebrate Highlanders’ Win

The Dunedin City Council is urging people to come along on Monday to congratulate the team on its win in Wellington tonight. The Highlanders will leave from outside the Dental School at midday. More>>

ALSO:

Album Review: Donnie Trumpet And The Social Experiments: Surf

Chance the Rapper is one of my favourite rappers of the last couple years. He bought a uniquely fucked up, acid sound with his debut Acid Rap which has demonstrably influenced others including ILoveMakonnen and A$AP Rocky. It’s remarkable that, at such a ... More>>

Photos: Inside The Christchurch Arts Centre Rebuild

Lady Pippa Blake visited Christchurch Arts Centre chief executive André Lovatt, a 2015 recipient of the Blake Leader Awards. The award celebrated Lovatt’s leadership in New Zealand and hisand dedication to the restoration of the Arts Centre. More>>

Running Them Up The Flagpole: Web Tool Lets Public Determine New Zealand Flag

A School of Design master’s student is challenging the flag selection process by devising a web tool that allows the public to feed their views back in a way, he says, the current government process does not. More>>

ALSO:

Survey: ‘The Arts Make My Life Better’: New Zealanders

New Zealanders are creative people who believe being involved in the arts makes their lives better and their communities stronger. Nine out of ten adult New Zealanders (88%) agree the arts are good for them and eight out of ten (82%) agree that the arts help to improve New Zealand society. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Reprieve For Te Papa Press

Following its review of the role of Te Papa Press, Te Papa has committed to continue publishing books during the museum’s redevelopment, Chief Executive Rick Ellis announced yesterday. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news